The Vermont Public Service Board denied a motion to dismiss Vermont Gas Systems' petition to construct Phase 2 of their natural gas pipeline extension Thursday. The motion claimed the board did not have jurisdiction over the application.

Bristol attorney James Dumont, representing the Vermont Public Interest Research Group, argued that the pipeline falls under the jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission - not the board - because the pipeline would cross state lines.

Dumont said Thursday the group would not appeal the decision.

"The ruling is what it is," he said.

Vermont Gas' application to construct the second phase of its Addison County pipeline extension would connect Middlebury to the International Paper mill in Ticonderoga, N.Y. The case is currently pending before the board.

VPIRG opposes the pipeline expansion because Vermont Gas gets some of its gas from hydraulic fracturing, a process the group says damages surrounding land and causes water pollution.


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